The best new games of 2019

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2018 was a banner year for the gaming industry, with an extraordinary fusion of big budget AAA titles and various indie darlings ensuring there was something to play for everyone. From the engrossing single player experiences of God of War and Red Dead Redemption to the multiplayer hijinx of Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Monster Hunter World, there was some great experiences to be had no matter what system you happen to own.

2019 looks to be just as promising with a number of high profile titles to look forward to. Here are nine games that we’re most excited to see in the year ahead.

  • Note: the list includes only those games with confirmed release dates and games that seem more likely than not to come out this year.

Resident Evil 2

  • Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Much more than a simple remaster, Resident Evil 2 is a bloody remake of a survival horror classic rebuilt from the ground-up with a new third-person shooter perspective, modern controls, impressive visuals and sound design that takes the beloved experience from 1998 to a whole new level.

Resident Evil 2 largely follows the same story beats and key gameplay moments of the original, but mixes things up with new twists and turns that will keep both longtime fans and newcomers alike absolutely enthralled. The game nails atmosphere like no other game with a feeling of fear and terror that never lets up. The limited ammo and inventory storage is a crucial part of any good Resident Evil game and it feels perfected in this remake.

The remake also makes important quality-of-life improvements including a streamlined save system, no loading screens and a map system that automatically updates to let you know if a room has been cleared of items or if you missed something.

What’s more, the game is set to receive three free pieces of DLC (downloadable content) that explore the survivor stories of the gunshop owner, the mayor’s daughter and the soldier respectively. The generous amount of free DLC in addition to the main game that encourages multiple playthroughs to see the complete story, means that Resident Evil 2 is likely to continue terrifying players well into 2019.

Don’t miss it.

Metro Exodus

  • Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One

In a genre overcrowded with titles trying to cash in on Fortnite’s battle royale craze, Metro Exodus, with its strong single-player story-driven FPS adventure sensibilities, feels like a breath of fresh air. Metro Exodus is not your typical run and gun shooter. Ammunition is always limited while hunting for resources so that you can craft medical supplies and gas mask filters is key to survival. You’ll even need to regularly clean your weapons to prevent them from jamming in the heat of battle. These considerations mean that, as a player, you need to be methodical with how you go about tackling each and every encounter.

The game is a compelling cocktail of action, survival horror, stealth and exploration driven by a strong overarching narrative that will draw you into its harrowing world.

Taking place two years after the conclusion of the previous game, Metro Exodus takes the action from the confines of the underground railway system to above ground with a continent spanning journey across post-apocalyptic Russia. The visuals are breathtaking while the audio design which supports Dolby Atmos on PC and Xbox One is top notch.

Metro Exodus demands more from the player than your average FPS and, as such, it might not be for everyone. Nonetheless, a rewarding experience awaits for those that give it a chance.

Anthem

  • Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Anthem is Bioware’s first new IP in ten years and it’s quite a departure from the narrative driven single-player format of the Mass Effect series that the studio is known for. Anthem is an online multiplayer shooter similar in structure to Destiny 2, but it gives players much more freedom thanks to their “Javelin” suits which enable the player to fly around the vast environments and launch storms of rockets on unsuspecting targets.

Bioware is promising to bring great storytelling to a multiplayer setting which really hasn’t been done with great success before. While Anthem can be played solo the game is at its most rewarding when teaming up with a squad of online players to conquer various missions by working together.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

  • Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the next adventure from developer FromSoftware, creators of the highly regarded Bloodborne and the Dark Souls series. It’s an action-adventure game that brings the intense combat, clever level design and crushing difficulty that the studio is known for into an entirely new setting.

In Sekiro there are multiple ways to take down foes with your powerful ninja abilities and unlike the Souls series, combat will be based less on pattern recognition and more on experimentation to find that all crucial opening. There’s an emphasis on vertical traversal while stealth plays a major role, allowing players to eliminate enemies if they can get in range undetected.

Everything we’ve seen of Sekiro so far suggests it has the right mix of blending the old with the new that should appeal to a broader array of action fans.

Days Gone

  • Available on: PS4

Days Gone is a new IP from Sony Interactive Entertainment set in post apocalyptic landscape overrun with zombies. Swarms of undead charge at you with vicious speed and it’s up to you to deal with them by using the various tools at your disposal from barricades, explosives and fire to jumping on your trusty motorcycle and riding the hell away. The motorcycle actually plays a crucial role in the game and its speed can be upgraded as you progress through the game and you’ll also need to find or steal fuel in the world to keep it running.

The open world is breathtaking with lush valleys, rivers and waterfalls and the landscape is full of rolling mountains, snow and creeks to explore. Encounters can take a different shape based on the time of day and weather conditions as well.

Super Mario Maker 2

  • Available on: Nintendo Switch

Super Mario Maker allows players to make, play and share their very own custom made Mario levels and the sequel is coming to the Nintendo Switch in June. New additions include a new visual style option based on Super Mario 3D World as well as the ability to litter player created levels with the Lucky Bell power-up that puts Mario in a wall climbing cat suit.

The creation tools are more flexible than ever with the option to finally place slopes that Mario can slide down in addition to a whole host of other new backgrounds and placeable objects. All the tools and assets that were in the first Super Mario Maker will also be making a return too. No word on how users will be able to share their custom made Mario levels, but it’s likely that some form of online mode will make a return, allowing gamers to download and play custom made Mario levels made by other users.

The original Super Mario Maker spawned thousands of custom-made Mario levels that the community could rank, download and play so we’re hopeful that Nintendo figures out a way to make those levels accessible in the sequel.

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Shenmue 3

  • Available on: PS4, PC

It’s hard to believe that gamers will finally see the next chapter in the much loved Shenmue series a full 17 years after the last installment, but here we are just mere months away from the release of Shenmue 3.  The game picks up immediately after the events of the second game where protagonist Ryo Hazuki journeys to the mountains of Guilin, China, in search of his father’s killer, Lan Di. There he meets Ling Shenhua, a mysterious girl who previously appeared in his dreams. Together they embark on a new journey that takes them across various villages and cities.

As far as gameplay goes, you can expect a modern take on the open-world adventure that the series pioneered with its unique mix of exploration, storytelling and melee combat. Ryo will even be able to make phone calls to Japan to catch up with characters from previous installments.

The ending of Shenmue 3 will once again be left open as series creator Yu Suzuki hopes to create further games in the series. Either way, we can’t wait to play it.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

  • Available on: PC, Xbox One

Moon Studio’s side scrolling Metroidvania Ori and the Blind Forest still stands as one of the most memorable games released this generation, so it should come as no surprise to find its sequel on this list. Ori eschews cutting-edge 3D graphics for an art style all of its own and its sequel somehow looks even better. Ori’s moody natural environments and mysterious creatures are more vivid and detailed than ever while Ori’s tight and compelling platforming elements have been further fleshed out with all new traversal and combat tools.

Everything we’ve seen of Ori and Will of the Wisps so far suggest that we’re in for another moving yet challenging experience.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

  • Available on: Nintendo Switch

Originally released for the Game Boy system more than 25 years ago, one of the most beloved games in the Legend of Zelda series returns in this modern re-imagining where players travel to the mysterious island of Koholint to guide Link on a perilous adventure. Link’s Awakening boasts an all new art style but retains a top-down camera style set in a world filled with 3D modeled characters. No additional gameplay details have been revealed, but all indications suggest that it will retain the core of the original experience which is more than enough to get us excited.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening arrives exclusively on Nintendo Switch sometime in 2019.

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